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8,143 Ratings

The Deer Hunter

Directed by Michael Cimino
United States, United Kingdom, 1978
Drama, War


A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend—and Michael and Nick were in love with the same woman. But all three are different men upon their return.

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The Deer Hunter Directed by Michael Cimino

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1979 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1979 | 5 wins including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

It is a raucous revelation to be sure, but behind the combustible ball of macho energy, there is an elusive vulnerability, equally unstable and perpetually unsettled.
December 31, 2018
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It’s a work whose qualities change dramatically depending on the spectator’s position relative to it. Often described as fascist for its crude depiction of the Northern Vietnamese as sadistic, psychotic and animal-like, it’s also been exalted for its richly sketched portrayal of a small Pennsylvanian factory town and the people who inhabit it… Cimino tears away the placidity of proletarian Anywheresville and brusquely resituates us in a numbing world outside common-sense morality.
November 30, 2016
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Like Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, Cimino composed his masterpiece in parts––allegro, andante, and con moto––though in Cimino’s case the execution is not necessarily in that order. Both works use notes unfamiliar to the art form, yet The Deer Hunter’s visceral, bloody take on the Vietnam War, which begins with a wedding and ends with a funeral, is seamless.
September 28, 2016
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